• 2018 FESTIVAL… 24th March

    10am - 4pm
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre

    Departs 10am
    From Station St, along Brice Ave to
    Red Earth Park

    [Below Image: Ghawazee Belly Dancers at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2010]

  • Ghawazee Belly Dancers
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Plan your day…

The Saturday festivities begin with a 10am Street Parade all the way down Brice Avenue from Manchester Rd to Red Earth Park. Spectators line the streets to see the classic cars, school and community groups, marching bands, fire engines and all kinds of other contraptions take over Brice Avenue.

The parade is welcomed to the main stage, its participants fill the grounds and the classic cars rumble into their positions around the festival. We are all Welcomed to Country, the festival is officially opened and the Australian Youth Band miraculously transform from marching band to stage band to fill the air with their big band sounds.

From 10am – 4pm you’ll have SO MUCH TO DO!

Pick up a copy of a printed program at the info stalls on the day for a gold coin donation and help us to keep the festival free!

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018: No Barriers Future Possibilities. Poster

On the Main Stage

10.00am  The Street Parade makes its way to the festival site!

Opening Ceremony (Cr Len Cox) and the announcements of best-dressed winners of the Street Parade (Federal Liberal Member for Casey Hon Tony Smith MP).

Welcome to Country (Vince Peters)

10.30am  Special guest, Paralympian Don Elgin (followed by Meet & Greet at the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group stall in the Community Hub from 11.30am)

10.45am  Australian Youth Band led by Richard O’Toole

11.40am  Pembroke Primary School & Mooroolbark College Choirs

12.15pm Writing Competition winners will be announced (James Merlino MP)

12.20pm Yarra Hills Secondary College Student Band

12.45pm Red Earth Unearthed winning performances

Presentation of Recycled Sculpture Prize (State Liberal Member for Croydon Hon David Hodgett MP & State Liberal Member for Casey Christine Fyffe MP)

Presentation of Film Competition Winners (Harvey Norman Springvale)

1.20pm  Alizarin Tribal Belly Dancers

1.35pm  Parkville (Formally known as Sparks)

2.25pm  Sympatico

3.15pm  Pans on Fire (Marysville)

Celebrate Mooroolbark Youth Stage program 2018

Active Living Hub

11.00am  Tai Chi with Jane Monk

12.00pm  Lilydale Judo Club

1.00pm  Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club & Touch Association

2.00pm  Mooroolbark Soccer Club

3.00pm  Mooroolbark Tennis Club

Belly Dancing Tent

11.00am & 12.00pm  Free Belly Dancing Workshops with Alizarin Tribal Belly Dancers.

Mooroolbark Community Centre

1.00 – 2.00pm  Trash Test Dummies will be roaming the festivalTrash Test Dummies are coming to Celebrate Mooroolbark festival!

Everyone put your bins out, tonight’s bin night and the Trash Test Dummies are on duty! Promoting their award-winning, sidesplitting, slapstick comedy, circus routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity!

The Trash Test Dummies will be roving at Celebrate Mooroolbark festival ahead of their show on Wednesday, 11 April, at Mooroolbark Community Centre.


Discount tickets sold on festival day to Mooroolbark Community Centre performances.


Photography Workshops with Harvey Norman Springvale. Take a 20-minute workshop and then go out taking photos of the festival before you come back and print your best pics on the printer provided!

8.30am, 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm. 3.00pm

Bookings available now through http://springsteam.com.au/


Mooroolbark Theatre Group

Mooroolbark Theatre Group is a small, friendly, group of people, presenting good, high quality, entertainment in the local community. They’ll begin celebrating their 40th Anniversary at the festival, with an Exhibition and Performances in the Red Earth Gallery at:

11.20am, 12.20pm, 1.20pm and 2.20pm

Celebrate Mooroolbark Writing Competition entries will also be available to read in the Gallery. This is a great space to chill out, with a cup of tea or coffee.


Oil Painting – Come N See

11.00pm – 3.00pm  View works by our students, and chat with tutor Sara McPherson, about our workshops.


Kids Pottery – Come N Try         

11.00am – 3.00pm  Get hands-on with some clay and find out more about our after school kids pottery workshops.


11.00am & 12.00pm  Big Screen Storytime presented by Eastern Regional Libraries

1.00pm  Celebrate Mooroolbark Short Film Competition Screenings

All Day

  • Harvey Norman Springvale VR, Vex Robotics, Robot-building and Retro Gaming Exhibition
  • Meccano and Hornby Trains display
  • Gymbaroo Toddler Gym


Gaming stations


First Aid


Parents Retreat/Breastfeeding room

Site Map and highlights at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018.

You can also keep an eye on our Facebook event page for more info.

2017 Program


For the first time in 2017, Celebrate Mooroolbark includes a number of free demonstrations, workshops and talks to keep everyone entertained all day.
Jim Penman, founder of Jim's Mowing and the Jim's Group franchises, will be speaking at Celebrate Mooroolbark at 2pm, Saturday 25th March.

Jim Penman, founder of Jim’s Mowing and the Jim’s Group franchises, will be speaking at Celebrate Mooroolbark at 2pm, Saturday 25th March.

Jim’s TradeNet Local Business Program

Located between the main stage and Brice Avenue at the Jim’s TradeNet stall, you’ll find a program of demonstrations and talks throughout the day by local businesses.

11:00 Pickling with Manna Lane
New Mooroolbark cafe Manna Lane will show you how to make your own pickles at home.
12:00 Native Revival Landscaping
Bringing nature to your doorstep; a Q&A on landscaping, ecology and our connection.
2:00 Jim Penman
The founder of Jim’s Mowing will be sharing some of his own success strategies and introducing one of his latest ventures, Jim’s TradeNet. You may even be lucky enough to receive a free signed copy of his latest book.
2:30 Jim’s TradeNet
Found out what the TradeNet is all about and how it can benefit your business.

Active Living Program

You’ll fine Active Living Hub on the sports oval. Beginning with a Tai Chi class at 11am, try out or watch a number of health, fitness or creative arts programs throughout the day.

11:00 Tai Chi with Jane
Practice Tai Chi with Jane, who runs a weekly session in the Mooroolbark Senior Citizen’s centre.
12:00 Mooroolbark Auskick
Mooroolbark Auskick Come and try some handballing and kicking techniques with the team at Mooroolbark Auskick – just in time for the start of the AFL season!
1:00 Manchester Heights Tennis Club
Show off your skills with Manchester Heights Tennis Club, who will be running a tennis demonstration.
1:30 Zumba with Goodlife Mooroolbark
1:45 Yarra Heights Dance
See the amazing talent from the crew at Yarra Heights Dance, accompanied by music.
2:00 Loving ALL of YOU Holistic Health Yoga
Stretch your body to finish off the day with a community yoga class!

Sustainability Program

Find out more from those in the know, from keeping chickens and bees to learning about biosecurity. These talks and demonstrations will be located at various stalls in the Green and Schools hubs. Look out for signs on stalls with times and details on the day.

11:45 Candlebark Community Nursery

A talk about Indigenous plants and the range of plants appropriate for gardens.
11:30 Viridian
A talk on energy offset and how we can all help the environment.
12:00 Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap
A discussion on beekeeping and keeping chickens.
12:30 Box Hill Institute – Lilydale Lakeside
A talk on biosecurity.
2:30 Dandenong Ranges Green
A discussion about the interrelationship between employment, the economy and the environment.

More Live Music!

Kofi, Master West African Drummer, will be performing and running drumming workshops under the trees near the Community Hub. Join in with him as he teaches the drumming styles of Ghana. Approximately 11am and again around 12.15pm. In between, you’ll find Pans on Fire running steeldrum workshops here.

Kofi Kunkpe, Master West African Drummer. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Kofi Kunkpe, Master West African Drummer. Photo by Greg Carrick.

And don’t forget about the Youth Stage. Some incredibly talented musicians are taking to the Youth Stage, here’s the full program of acts…


Under the LJ Hooker Tent near the Red Earth Room

And watch out for the MOOP Patrol roaming throughout!! WHAT is MOOP Patrol?? I guess you’ll have to wait to find out…..

Mooroolbark Community Centre

Mooroolbark Library staff will be telling Roald Dahl stories, Whitehorse Orchestra’s Woodwind Quartet will be playing and the VCE Showcase exhibition will be on display in the Red Earth Gallery!

If you prefer a more hands-on approach try the Green Hat Workshop in the auditorium (for all ages) and babes to little kids can try Mooroolbark Gymbaroo’s toddler gym, all for free. There’ll be a huge Meccano display with a hands-on activity, as well as a Hornby Trains display.

Noisecraft Studio music students will be displaying their talents in the Gallery in the morning, before the Woodwind Quartet take their place in the afternoon.

In the studios, adults can Come’n’see painting and pottery, and kids are able to Come’n’try pottery. This is your opportunity to really experience Mooroolbark Community Centre’s programs at no cost!

Discounted tickets for Mooroolbark Community Centre and Red Earth Theatre performances will also be available on the day, so make sure you check in at the Community Centre at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2017 – It’s Easy Being Green!

Commercial King Car Display

Classic cars will arrive in the parade and then pull up alongside the oval for display all day.

Classic Cars will arrive at the festival in the street parade and pull up for display all day alongside Brice Avenue and the sports oval.

Classic Cars will arrive at the festival in the street parade and pull up for display all day alongside Brice Avenue and the sports oval.


$5 per ride or 5 rides for $15

  • Bungee challenge for ages 6 to adult
  • Ferris wheel for ages 3 – 10
  • Cup and saucer for all ages

Pony rides $6

Animal farm


Site map of 2017 festival


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